*Pakistan reaffirms commitment to UN humanitarian plans for Afghanistan’s rehabilitation*

International community to become more engaged with Afghanistan: PM

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke on the telephone with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres, today. The two leaders discussed the developments in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the humanitarian situation. The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of peace, stability and an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan. He stressed that the opportunity to finally put an end to 40 years of conflict in Afghanistan must be seized by enabling the Afghans to achieve lasting peace, security and prosperity. The Prime Minister underscored the need for the international community to become more engaged with Afghanistan, according urgent priority to addressing the humanitarian needs and ensuring economic stability. Such steps would not only reinforce security but also preclude any mass exodus of Afghans from their country, thus preventing a refugee crisis in Afghanistan, he noted. The Prime Minister appreciated the vital role of the United Nations in delivering much needed humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. The Prime Minister highlighted the facilitation being provided by Pakistan to the UN in that regard including by assisting in the evacuation and relocation efforts. Assuring Secretary General Guterres of Pakistan’s continued cooperation with the UN in the fulfilment of its mandate, the Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support for the smooth operation of United Nations’ humanitarian mission for Afghanistan.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned Indian government for snatching the body of Syed Ali Gillani and registering an FIR against his family for raising pro-Pakistan slogans. n a tweet on Sunday, he said snatching the body of the 92 years old Syed Ali Gillani, one of the most respected and principled Kashmiri leaders, and then registering cases against his family is just another shameful example of India’s descent into fascism under the Nazi-inspired RSS-BJP government. Quoting Prime Minister’s tweet Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the fascist Indian state fears the revered Syed Ali Gillani so much that they stormed his home and snatched his body at night. He said Indian government prevented a funeral befitting of his stature and it is now attempting to intimidate his grieving family by registering cases against them. Meanwhile in a tweet, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said Syed Ali Gillani, in his life, kept the candle of the freedom movement lit against the extremist Indian government.  He said that even after his death, the Indian government is afraid of the moral strength of his message. The Minister said Syed Ali Gillani’s family was not allowed to bury him and lodged an FIR against the family members. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib has also condemned the Modi government for snatching and burying body of late veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani and then registering cases against his family in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In a tweet, he said that the condemnable act is a manifestation of fascism and RSS mindset of the Modi Government.

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